In 2021, many shows, both cable and streaming formats, have received reboots or revivals. With many more on the way – And Just Like That…, The Many Saints of Newark, The Wonder Years, Dexter – let’s take a look at some of the best reboots and revivals of the year yet.
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After 6 dramatic and fashionable seasons, Gossip Girl returned this year with a new batch of Upper East Siders. The HBO Max revival premiered on July 8th and follows the story of half-sisters Julien (Jordan Alexander) and Zoya (Whitney Peak). Just as the two begin to bond, everyone’s favorite gossip blog returns to stir up drama. After Gossip Girl’s identity is revealed in the first episode, the revival is sure to take viewers on a wild ride. And who doesn’t love hearing Kristen Bell as the title voice-over?
Jared Padalecki returns to The CW with a reboot of the crime drama Walker after the end of Supernatural. Based on the ’90s series Walker, Texas Ranger starring Chuck Norris, the show follows widower Cordell Walker, who returns to his family after a year undercover while wary of the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death. The show premiered on January 21st earlier this year.
Soleil Moon Frye is back as her iconic title role in Peacock’s Punky Brewster Revival. Once an abandoned child herself, the new start sees Punky as a divorced mother of three who takes a young girl into the foster family who reminds her of her young self. Cherie Johnson returns as Punky’s best friend, along with Freddie Prinze Jr. as Punky’s ex-husband. The Peacock series premiered on February 25th.
Inspired by the 1972 series of the same name, The CW’s Kung Fu reboot premiered on April 7th. The martial arts show follows Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), a Chinese-American girl who battles crime in China after returning from a trip on the streets of San Francisco. With a predominantly Asian cast, the action-packed show is sure to get you addicted.
10 years after the show’s finale on Nickelodeon, iCarly is back with a revival on Paramount +. The show, which premiered on June 17, follows Carly (Miranda Cosgrove), Freddie (Nathan Kress) and Spencer (Jerry Trainor) in reviving the eponymous web show. Though a third of the show’s original teen trio didn’t appear (Jennette McCurdy’s Sam), the show makes up for their absence with a few new faces, including Carly’s roommate Harper (Laci Mosley) and Freddie’s stepdaughter Millicent (Jaidyn Triplett). The show premiered with great success and was recently included for a second season.
Paramount + premiered another revival of a Nickelodeon favorite, Rugrats on May 27th. While the animation style is different from the original, all favorite babies are back for crazier and more colorful adventures. The Babies’ original voice returns for the series, along with several new additions to the cast including Tony Hale, Natalie Morales, and Nicole Byer, among others.